Commentary: A Hollow Victory For Mahathir And His Cronies

There was an audible gasp as the Malaysian court announced its verdict on Apr. 14: six years imprisonment for former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim. In response, Anwar called the harsh sentence an "absolute disgrace" and lashed out at the government of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for clinging to power "at whatever cost." Within hours, riots had broken out in Kuala Lumpur as Anwar supporters showed their rage.

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